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Wakefield MDC’s new chief executive is Joanne Roney. She is currently executive director for neighbourhoods and community care at Sheffield City Council. Ms Roney replaces John Foster, who has recently been joined Islington LBC as chief executive. Corporate director John Pitt will continue as interim head of paid service until Ms Roney starts work later this summer.

Helen Dean has been appointed Stockton-on-Tees BC’s assistant chief executive responsible for policy, performance and communications. She will also be a member of the authority’s corporate management team. Ms Dean was previously head of policy and performance. She joined the council in 1996 as a librarian. Ms Dean joined the Audit Commission as a best value inspector in 2001. She rejoined Stockton in 2005.

Forest of Dean DC’s deputy chief executive David Matthams has retired after 25 years with the council.

Ian Trenholm, new chief executive of Windsor & Maidenhead RBC, has started work. He was previously strategic director for business transformation and customer services at Buckinghamshire CC. Mr Trenholm began his career with the Royal Hong Kong Police Service and then moved to Surrey Police.

Finance and resources

Clare Fletcher has been appointed Stevenage BC’s head of finance. She has spent 14 years at North Hertfordshire DC, most recently as accountancy manager.

Law and scrutiny

The new chair of the Standards Board for England is Dr Robert Chilton. He starts work on 1 July, for a three-year term. He takes over from Sir Anthony Holland, who has led the board for seven years. Dr Chilton’s previous roles include interim chief executive at the Greater London Authority, chief executive of the Local Government Commission and director of local government studies at the Audit Commission.

Children's services

Jamie-Leigh Smith is South Gloucestershire Council’s first children’s champion.

Adult and community services

West Sussex CC’s executive director for adults and children, John Dixon, has been appointed president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). He has worked for West Sussex for 11 years and was previously director of adult services.

Jenny Owen, executive director of adults, health and community wellbeing at Essex CC is the new vice president. Ms Owen was the co-chair of the ADASS older people’s policy committee and is co-chairing the National Dementia Strategy.


Qamer Yasin has joined Rushmoor BC as its new head of housing. She was previously private sector housing manager at East Hampshire DC and has worked with Portsmouth City Council and a range of housing associations. Ms Yasin replaces Alison Whiteley who has joined Mole Valley DC.

Anthony Mayer will be the first chair of the new social housing regulator, the Office for Tenants & Social Landlords. He has been chief executive of the Greater London Authority for the past eight years.

Cultural services

The Arts Council for Wales has appointed James Turner as its interim chief executive. His previous roles include international managing director at the Welsh Development Agency and chair of the Wales European Centre in Brussels.


Richard Steel, chief information officer at Newham LBC, has been confirmed as president of the Society of Information Technology Management (SOCITM) Mr Steel joined Newham in 1989 and is a member of the strategic management board.
SOCITM’s newest vice president is Jos Creese. Mr Creese is chair of SOCITM Insight and head of IT at Hampshire CC.


London mayor Boris Johnson has recommended the appointments of Harvey McGrath as interim chair of the London Development Agency (LDA) and Peter Rogers, former chief at Westminster City Council, as interim LDA chief executive.
They will replace Mary Reilly and Manny Lewis respectively. Mr McGrath is also vice chair of the new London Skills & Employment Board.

Private sector

GatenbySanderson has named Rashpal Kaur-Singh a partner, working in the executive search division. She has worked in local government and the Department of Health.


John Blamire-Brown, a former chief executive at Staffordshire CC, has died aged 93. He was clerk and chief executive of the council between 1972-78.

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